New Civil Defense Law to be enforced in August

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The Civil Defense Law No.25 of  2015 that was approved by Qatar’s Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in December last year will be enforced in the country from next Sunday that is, August 7, 2016. 

The major change in the law stipulates shifting of some responsibilities from the Ministry of Interior to the newly formed Civil Defense Council, Al Raya reports. 

The new law outlines a set of terms and measures that must be put in place in buildings as preventive measures such as protection to individuals, public and private properties can be provided in cases of fires, accidents and natural disasters. 


The law also stipulates procedures to be in place for the provision of relief in times of disasters and also ensuring safety of the communication and transportation networks and completion of work vis-à-vis public utilities.

Failing to comply with the terms and measures recommended by the law, the law recommends up to six years imprisonment and a fine of no more than QR400, 000 as a penalty for non-compliance that leads to the permanent disability of a person and if such non-compliance results in the death of a person then the penalties the law has recommended are up to eight years of jail term and a fine of no more than QR500, 000.